About half of our group are daily Communicants at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Natchitoches. This tour of the Painted Churches is, for us, a pilgrimage – a religious devotion. We want to attend daily Mass while there in Schulenburg. Here, besides missing his company and insights, is where we will miss Fr. Louis while we’re there – the original intention had been for him to say a “private” Mass for us in one of the Painted Churches. Sadly, that isn’t working out. We will have to find a scheduled Mass … which is proving harder than expected.
We really are blessed here in Natchitoches to have two regular Masses each day of the week, Monday through Friday – 06:30 at the Basilica and 12:05 only a few blocks away at St. Anthony of Padua Church. There is, furthermore, Mass at 17:30 Tuesday-Thursday (as well as 08:00 Friday) at Holy Cross, the Campus Ministry Church at my University, only a few blocks from the Basilica in a different direction. (Natchitoches is small.)
Confining it to within 20 mi of Schulenburg, based on the website Masstimes.org using as my search argument “Schulenburg, Texas,” I found really only one convenient, at 06:30 Tuesday morning. Fortunately, that’s the time of our morning Mass at the Basilica, so it won’t be too much of a shock to our systems. Unfortunately, it’s not repeated on Wednesday morning. Extending the time to the Monday and Tuesday evenings garners a couple of other options as well. I include telephone information for all of these because using any such Internet index based on reported data that could change at any time always demands to be confirmed.